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  1. Spooky Apps

    Halloween Pumpkins

    Halloween is upon us, and if you’re a fan of the scary, gory or downright terrifying, then you’ll more than likely enjoy the range of spooky apps out there at the minute. If you’re not sure of where to start with the multitude of chilling options available, we’ve collected a variety of them for a truly haunting Halloween.

    Zombies

    With TV shows such as The Walking Dead being as popular as they are, zombie-themed apps are all the rage at the minute. For a more suspense-filled type of experience, Zombies, Run! is great for getting the adrenaline pumping, all the while improving your fitness. The exercise app allows you to immerse yourself in a zombie invasion story, while running at your own comfortable pace. The story unfolds including your own music, with the option to include fast-paced chases for a more intense workout. You can use it outdoors or in – there’s nothing like the threat of impending zombies to get you motivated for a run!

    If you’re just looking to get into the spirit of Halloween without the rigorous exercise, with The Walking Dead Dead Yourself app, you can upload an image of yourself and watch as you transform from living, breathing human, to dead, festering zombie in a matter of seconds. You can even add props to the image for a more (un)life-like result.

    Vampires

    For those that are fans of classic horror, iDrakula is sure to be a hit. Cleverly created, this app is a modern version of Bram Stoker’s original novel. Retold mostly through email, voicemail and text, the story is given an eerily familiar platform on which to tell the story of the mysterious Count. Although the app appears to only be available in the US at the minute, it’s certainly one to be aware of. It is available to buy as a book here in the UK though, for those who can’t wait to get stuck in.

    Pumpkins

    For a more traditional Halloween-themed app, or for those who’d simply rather steer clear of the frightening festivities, try out Pumpkin Carver Plus. With the app, you can still get creative with lots of different pumpkin designs and ideas, without having to worry about cleaning up any remaining orange innards afterwards. The app is also handy if you have young children who’d like to have a go at it too.

    Ghosts

    Now, this app certainly is not one for the faint-hearted. True Ghost Stories From Around The World provides a collection of haunting tales from all over the globe. You can submit your own chilling anecdotes, as well as get well and truly freaked-out by the photos, videos and whole library of ghoulish goings-on. Ideal for grown-up Halloween parties, you’re sure to be gripped with fear after hearing these turbulent tales!

  2. Apple Announces iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay

    Apple announces iPhone 6, Watch, and… Pay?

    The wait is finally over, and – despite a few live-streaming technical hiccups – Apple unveiled two brand new devices and an intriguing new service to eager fans on September 9th. The announcement of the iPhone 6 and its bigger brother, the 6 Plus, were no surprise, and even the Apple Watch didn’t raise too many eyebrows – but Tim Cook saved the biggest announcement until last with Apple Pay.

    You can find out all about the specs and features of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in our iPhone Timeline, which charts seven years of the iPhone’s evolution. While not a huge amount has changed from the 5S, the new phones boast bigger screens, sleeker profiles, and importantly they’ll come packing the shiny new iOS 8.0. Need to know if it will fit in your pocket? Try our printable full scale iPhone Size Guide.

    Meanwhile, the Apple Watch – which will be sold in a standard model, a sport-focused model and a luxury 18ct gold edition – does everything you’d expect a modern smartwatch to do, including fitness monitoring, text message viewing and hopefully telling the time. More excitingly, the watch is designed to work hand-in-hand with the company’s new “mobile wallet” service, Apple Pay – which means you could soon be paying for your shopping with a flick of the wrist.

    Described as “breakthrough contactless payment technology”, Apple Pay could well be a game-changer. Instead of rifling through your wallet for change or swiping a card, it lets users pay for goods and services simply by holding their iPhone (or Watch) near a contactless reader, initiating a balance transfer instantly and securely. It’s due to launch in the USA in October, though there’s no word yet on when it’s coming to the UK.

    Love them or hate them, Apple’s events are never less than thought-provoking – let us know what you thought of the announcements in the comments!

  3. iPhone 6 Size Guide

    iPhone 6 Size Guide – Will it fit in your pocket?

    iPhone 6 size guide

    When CEO Tim Cook announced the latest iPhone models earlier this week, many Apple fans were no doubt left in a quandary over the new, considerably larger-sized devices – the iPhone 6 comes sporting a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, with the iPhone 6 Plus’ screen an even larger 5.5 inches. With iPhone 5S already boasting a not insurmountable 4-inch display, both new models are significant upgrades on what came before.

    While there are obvious benefits to larger screens, the practicalities of lugging such a large device around with you will be alien to those who are repeat users of Apple products.

    To help those who are wondering whether the iPhone 6 Plus will fit into the pocket of their skinny jeans, or if their thumb will reach from the bottom to the top of the device, we’ve created this handy printable iPhone 6 Size Selector PDF guide. Simply print the PDF using the link below, cut out the device templates, and give them a try!

    Download our iPhone 6 Size Guide – Here. (Make sure you print it LANDSCAPE without fit to page selected).

    With the iPhone 6 now available to preorder, we hope this guide will help you to make the right choice. Don’t forget too that with our interactive iPhone Timeline guide, you can see how Apple’s flagship phone has evolved since it was introduced by Steve Jobs back in 2007.

  4. iPhone Through the ages: How much has it changed?

     It’s almost hard to believe there was ever a time before the Apple iPhone existed. There was however and this time was everything prior to June 2007.

    Since its launch, the iPhone has become a popular gadget in many households, and has become a life accessory rather than just a phone. The iPhone that we know and love today however isn’t how it all started out. The iPhone series has evolved over the last 8 years with a total of different 8 models being released and another due in just a matter of weeks. Below we take a look at the journey of the iPhone from the original to the much anticipated iPhone 6.

     

    iPhone (first generation)

     

    Origional iphone

     

    June 2007 “changed everything”, according to Apple. The revolutionary iPhone launched, and it was beautiful. The first generation iPhone was a revolutionary device and equipped with a multi-touch screen and only four physical buttons on the handset. Available in 4 GB or 8 GB, both models came with Wi-Fi, 128 MB of RAM and a 413mhz processor. The iPhone was a new concept, in that this device was an iPod, web browser and telephone all in one attractive little package. It was simple however compared to the iPhone of today. The headphone jack was recessed and the 2mpx camera was simple to say the least, in fact, it didn’t even support video. There was also no ability to send  multimedia messages such as photos or audio. Regardless of this, it was still a giant step in the right direction and people started to view their mobile as more than just a telephone device but instead as an everyday accessory.

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  5. Top Tips for keeping your Gadgets Safe throughout the Festival Season

    The Festival season is upon us with Glastonbury  kicking off this week. Muddy fields,  tents and gadgets aren’t exactly matches made in heaven however.

    But if like many of us the thought of getting through a weekend festival without your iPhone or camera fills you with dread, then fear not as there are precautions you can take to protect your tech.

    Glastonbury Festival

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